The Forum Nokia of yesteryear is no more, and in comes Nokia Developer, Nokia’s brand new portal for their developers across the globe. Along with the change in name comes a brand new design that makes getting to what is important to you much quicker and simpler.
While this website might look a bit different now, we think you will agree we have made it simpler to understand. Whether you plan to develop and deploy mobile apps using Qt, Web or Java – or if you plan to begin crafting apps for Nokia with Windows Phone – you will notice that it is easy for you to reach any of the mobile development-related resources that you need to do your work quickly and efficiently. As you will see, this is part of an overall movement by Nokia to offer our global developer community a single point of service to design, develop and distribute mobile apps and content to consumers using the latest Nokia phones worldwide.
All the old links still work and any forum.nokia.com link is automatically redirected to the appropriate page on developer.nokia.com.
On a side note, I’m still getting used to the new official Nokia font.
In a move I can only label as awesome, Forum Nokia at the Maemo Barcelona Long Weekend announced that Maemo commercial developers interested in publishing at the Ovi Store are invited to apply to their Launchpad program for free and if approved, will have free access to Ovi Publisher plus the regular services from the Launchpad program.
In other words, if you have a good Maemo application, Nokia will help you publish it to the Ovi Store for a grand price of free. Details regarding this announcement are expected next week, but developers are encouraged already to apply with details of the projects they are working on.
At ‘The Way We Live Next‘ event I was fortunate to get an opportunity to interview Ms. Purnima Kochikar, Vice President, Forum Nokia and Developer Community, who is responsible for strategy and growth opportunities with Nokia’s third party developers to create a vibrant Nokia ecosystem.
Over the course of 30 minutes we able to cover a number of subjects including:
The number of applications on the Ovi Store and Symbian application visibility in general.
Why should developers have to pay to get on the Ovi Store, even if they are going to give away their apps for free?
The surge in developer interest as far as Maemo goes.
The possibility to Nokia opening up the Ovi Store to devices from other manufacturers.
I have trimmed down the video to a little over 13 minutes. Since YouTube only accepts videos under 10 minutes, I have uploaded the interview to Vimeo (embedded below) and Blip.tv.
While editing the video I realised that I should listen more while interviewing someone and not let the lawyer in me get the better of the conversation. Therefore, I would like to especially thank Ms. Kochikar for her time and patience.